Polish film industry thriving: ‘Hollywood Reporter’

The Hollywood Reporter magazine described the Polish film industry as “thriving”, commenting on its recent successes.

These include, on the one hand, more mass-appeal titles, like the romantic comedy “Miszmasz czyli Kogel Mogel 3” which has grossed over USD 10 million. Polish made films account for about one third of total box office sales in Poland.

However, the “Reporter” also wrote that Polish cinema is enjoying art house spotlight, thanks to films such as “Cold War”, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, which was nominated for an Oscar, “Mr. Jones” by Agnieszka Holland and Małgorzata Szumowska’s “The Other Lamb”.

"I have worked in Hollywood and New York, and I can say local Polish teams were more dedicated and professional than any I have encountered. In Krakow, we received an enormous value and lost nothing in quality. Now I must come up with new ideas to shoot in Poland!" said the Hollywood Reporter Michael Trinklein, a producer on the 2017 PBS series “Martin Luther: Return to Grace”, which shot in Poland as a coproduction with No Sugar Films.

This year, the Polish film with the highest hopes of being awarded an Oscar is “Corpus Christi” directed by Jan Komasa. The movie tells the story of an ex-convict undergoing a spiritual transformation and begging to pose as a priest. The film has already won critical acclaim at the festivals in Venice and Toronto.

The streaming service Netflix recently made its first Polish original series. “1983” is set in an alternative history dystopian universe, in which the communist government never collapsed and continuous to rule Poland.

Currently Netflix is working on a TV adaptation of The Witcher book series, written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher has been popularised by a series of video games under that title.

The Polish Film Institute, a government institution tasked with aiding the development of Polish cinema, has an annual budget of USD 33.5 mln, while regional film funds operate with a further USD 2.2 mln.